Increased research literacy to facilitate community ownership of health research in low and middle income countries

Ruth G. St. Fleur, Seth J. Schwartz

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Abstract

The expansion of health research to low and middle income countries has increased the likelihood of exploitation and undue influence in economically vulnerable populations. In behavioral research, “reasonable availability”, which was originally developed for biomedical research and advocates for the equitable provision of any product developed during the research process, cannot always prevent exploitation. In such cases and settings, the informed consent process may lack cross-cultural validity and therapeutic misconceptions may arise. This article advocates for a mutual learning framework where international researchers can gain cultural competence while training and empowering local partners, increasing community ownership of health research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEthics and Behavior
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • equity
  • exploitation
  • international research
  • research literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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